The Cell and Molecular Neuroscience Concentration integrates neuroanatomy with the cellular and molecular basis of nervous system function. Its focus is to understand cellular based processes in neurons and glia at the molecular level. It differs from degree programs in biochemistry or biomedical sciences by its specific focus on the nervous system. Required courses in microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, and advanced cell biology provide an excellent background for students interested in pursuing careers in medicine or biomedical research through graduate/professional schools. However, graduates with this concentration should also be well qualified for any positions in academia, government or the private sector where knowledge of cell and molecular processes is required, whether or not it is applied to the nervous system.

Students in the CMN Concentration with strong research interests and a GPA of 3.250 or above, may qualify for early entry into the MS degree program in Biochemistry while pursuing the BS degree program in Neuroscience. Early entry requires that students have identified a faculty member willing to mentor them in their laboratory research for the MS degree and that they have obtained permission from the Neuroscience Program and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to apply to the graduate school for this. Students can apply to the graduate program (allowing them access to courses above those at the 500 level) during the semester that they complete 90 or more credits.  Students will be moved from undergraduate to graduate standing the semester after they complete 120 or more credits.  At that time they begin paying graduate tuition and fees and will lose all undergraduate institutional and scholarship aid, but they can qualify for many graduate assistantships and fellowships. Both degrees can be awarded during the same semester but the MS degree cannot be awarded before completing the requirements of the BS degree.

Effective Spring 2015

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CHEM 113General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II 1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A4
LIFE 201BIntroductory Genetics: Molecular/Immunological/Developmental (GT-SC2)3A3
LIFE 203Introductory Genetics Laboratory 2
MATH 155Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B4
NB 192Introductory Neuroscience Seminar 1
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C3
Arts and Humanities3B3
 Total Credits 32
Sophomore
 
CHEM 341Modern Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 343Modern Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 344Modern Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
Select one from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
LIFE 210Introductory Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3
LIFE 212Introductory Cell Biology Laboratory 2
MATH 255Calculus for Biological Scientists II (GT-MA1)1B4
Select one from the following: 5
General Physics I (GT-SC1)3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A 
PSY 252Mind, Brain, and Behavior 3
Arts and Humanities3B3
 Total Credits 31
Junior
 
BC 401Comprehensive Biochemistry I4A3
BC 403Comprehensive Biochemistry II4B3
BC 404Comprehensive Biochemistry Laboratory 2
BMS 300Principles of Human Physiology 4
BMS 345Functional Neuroanatomy 4
NB 399Thesis Preparation 1
Select one from the following: 5
General Physics II (GT-SC1)3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A 
Select one from the following: 3
Introduction to Statistical Methods  
Introduction to Biostatistics  
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 31
Senior
 
BC 465Molecular Regulation of Cell Function 3
BMS 325Cellular Neurobiology 3
MIP 300General Microbiology 3
MIP 342Immunology 4
NB 493Senior Seminar4C1
NB 499Senior Thesis4A,4C3
Electives1 9
 Total Credits 26
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level). 

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)X 3A4
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)X 3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
NB 192Introductory Neuroscience SeminarX  1
Arts and Humanities  3B3
MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126 must be completed by the end of Semester 1, if necessary.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 113General Chemistry IIX  3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab IIX  1
MATH 155Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)  1B4
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)X 3C3
LIFE 201BIntroductory Genetics: Molecular/Immunological/Developmental (GT-SC2)  3A3
LIFE 203Introductory Genetics Laboratory   2
 Total Credits   16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 341Modern Organic Chemistry I X 3
LIFE 210Introductory Eukaryotic Cell BiologyX  3
LIFE 212Introductory Cell Biology LaboratoryX  2
MATH 255Calculus for Biological Scientists II (GT-MA1)  1B4
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 343Modern Organic Chemistry II X 3
CHEM 344Modern Organic Chemistry Laboratory X 2
Select one course from the following:   5
General Physics I (GT-SC1) X3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1) X3A 
PSY 252Mind, Brain, and Behavior   3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
CHEM 341 must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   16
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 401Comprehensive Biochemistry IX  3
BMS 300Principles of Human PhysiologyX  4
Select one course from the following:   5
General Physics II (GT-SC1)  3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)  3A 
Select one course from the following:   3
Introduction to Statistical Methods X  
Introduction to Biostatistics X  
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 403Comprehensive Biochemistry II  4B3
BC 404Comprehensive Biochemistry Laboratory   2
BMS 345Functional Neuroanatomy X 4
NB 399Thesis Preparation X 1
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   16
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BMS 325Cellular NeurobiologyX  3
MIP 300General MicrobiologyX  3
NB 493Senior SeminarX 4C1
Free Electives   6
 Total Credits   13
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 465Molecular Regulation of Cell FunctionX  3
MIP 342ImmunologyX  4
NB 499Senior ThesisX 4A,4C3
Free ElectivesX  3
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   13
 Program Total Credits:   120